Capitals' Orpik suspended for three games


Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik will sit for three games in the second-round Stanley Cup play-off series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The NHL announced the suspension on Sunday, less than 24 hours after a high and late hit from Orpik injured Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta and knocked him from game two.

The incident occurred in the first period, just over four minutes into Saturday's game.

Maatta was playing the puck in the offensive zone and had released it several moments before Orpik lunged at him.

Orpik's left shoulder landed near the head of Maatta, who fell to the ice and appeared dazed as he slowly rose to his skates.

Maatta exited for the locker room and did not return. Orpik was assessed a minor penalty for interference.

The Penguins went on to win, 2-1, to even the best-of-seven series at one game apiece.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on Sunday told reporters he does not expect Maatta to be available to play in game three and he could miss more time than that.

"I don't have a lot of sense of his availability, but I'm probably not optimistic, though," Sullivan said, via ESPN.

Orpik, who had a phone hearing with the NHL on Sunday, skated 26 and 21 minutes for Washington in games one and two respectively.